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June 07, 2008


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that sounds like fun. Can you name any cd music I might have that might work? I'd like to try this tomorrow at Renee's.

We used a recording of "Duke of Kent's Waltz" on the CD "Lady Caroline's Regency Romp", which is not particularly period to the dance (it's c1804), but had the 24b repeat structure and was handy at the moment for dance-testing. There are many other recordings of that tune, but most of them don't have the right repeat structure, unfortunately.

Of note: when you're dancing it, in the first part the 4b chains will leave you starting the waltzing in mid-phrase, which feels a little odd. You're back with the music after every second chain. Also note that in the waltz-arounds you have to keep it fairly tight - it's actually not a lot of music to get all the around once in. We tried halfway round, but it was way too much for that.


Another "you can tell it's real regency dancing when..." comes to mind from the image at the link.

"If the dancers are looking way too serious, it isn't regency dance."

I think everyone looks serious when they're not sure what they're doing and are therefore concentrating like crazy. Once people get confident, yeah, they actually look like they're happy and having fun. Amazing, that!

I don't look crazy serious when I'm learning what I'm doing, I just start sticking my tongue out. It's terribly attractive and ladylike, I'm sure.

Also, Jeff did bring it round to dancing at Renee's and it was pretty much an awesome little quadrille. Waltz. Thingy. Thanks for posting it!


I look serious when concentrating hard on dance moves. My partners get worried and ask if I'm angry at them because I sort of frown. I feel bad about this, so I try to pin a smile on my face while dancing, but if I don't think about smiling it starts to slip.

I'm glad you liked the waltz quadrille; check out the star figure for another fun quadrille thingy!

It worked!

everyone loved it (2 squares), even though I did a very quick walkthrough. (There was no AC in the ballroom). We may bring that in as a regular dance.


Crediting me ever so often when you dance it would be neat, by the by. If I ever do another 1890s/1900s ball I expect it will show up on the program.

Of course I did credit you before and after the dance.


This looks so very fun!


It is not clear in The Prompter’s Handbook in the part when we dance waltz round - is it right to dance a half-round or full round waltz?

Does anyone know if there is a type of quadrille in which one of the figures is called the "visits" or "visitations"-- or something to that effect? In a scene in a novel I am translating, the characters are dancing a quadrille and that's the word (in the original language) used to describe one of the dance figures. I'm trying to find out what, if anything, that would correspond to in English terminology. Thanks for any help you can give!

Sorry I missed this question. You're probably not checking back now, but if you do, for the 8b waltz round with partner it should be a full round. For the 16b waltz round it is at least once round, and possibly twice round, as I've given above.

Elisabeth: I answered your question on the other post.

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